University of California System Sued Over Use of ACT/SAT Scores

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00December, 31, 2019|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests|

In a recent blog post on the role of standardized test scores in the college admissions process, I mentioned that a group of  organizations had threatened to sue the University of California system due to its requirement that applicants submit ACT/SAT scores.  Earlier this month, those groups did, in fact, [...]

The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions

By |2020-08-24T15:52:24+00:00November, 12, 2019|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Preparation|

For many students, one of the most significant stressors in the college admissions process is preparing for and taking the ACT and/or SAT.  Across the country, parents pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for test prep classes and private tutors, and students spend hours upon hours studying for these [...]

Save Money by Self-Reporting Your Test Scores

By |2020-08-24T15:52:25+00:00October, 30, 2018|College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

The costs involved in applying to college can quickly add up: first, there are the application fees, which can range from $50-$90 per college (unless you're applying to one of a small number of schools that don't charge an application fee).  If you're applying to a performing arts program that [...]

Will UChicago’s Decision to Go Test-Optional Start a Trend?

By |2020-08-24T15:52:26+00:00July, 3, 2018|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

On June 14, the University of Chicago made headlines by announcing its decision to become test-optional.  As explained in this blog post, a college that is test-optional does not require its applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.  According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there are [...]

College Options for Students Who Don’t Test Well

By |2020-08-24T15:52:32+00:00March, 14, 2017|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Research|

For many students, one of the most dreaded parts of the college admissions process is taking college entrance exams.  The ACT and SAT are the most popular such exams, and there is a great deal of hype around preparing for and taking these tests.  Parents often spend hundreds or even thousands of [...]

Surprised By Your ACT Writing Score? You’re Not Alone

By |2020-08-24T15:52:34+00:00May, 3, 2016|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, Uncategorized|

Enough of my Class of 2017 students have taken the ACT that I'm beginning to see a pattern in their Writing scores: compared to these students' scores on the other sections of the test, their Writing scores have been surprisingly low.  For example, one of my students had an English score of [...]

ACT Will Make Changes to Score Reports

By |2020-08-24T15:52:36+00:00June, 12, 2014|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Preparation|

As explained in my March 11 blog post, the College Board will introduce a redesigned SAT in 2016.  This month, ACT announced that it, too, will be making changes, though they are not nearly as extreme as those being made to the SAT. The new SAT will incorporate changes to both the test's [...]

Significant Changes Will Be Made to the SAT

By |2020-08-24T15:52:37+00:00March, 11, 2014|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Preparation|

If you are a high school freshman or younger, the SAT you'll eventually take will be quite different from the one that's now in existence.  Last week, the College Board, which produces and administers the SAT, announced that it will begin offering a revamped version of the test in 2016.  The changes [...]

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